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      SCIENCE & CONSCIOUSNESS REVIEW
      SCI-CON.ORG NEWSLETTER
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      April 4, 2006

      ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE
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      1. SCR Feature: Art and the Conscious Brain, Martin Skov
      2. Ramachandran interview
      3. Is language changing your personality?
      4. Greater control in Tourette's
      5. Inhibiting the executive brain
      6. Thalamic lesions and consciousness
      7. Right hemisphere lesions and attention
      8. Self-space in the brain
      9. Evolution and autism
      10. Knowing where your limbs are
      11. Aggression gene and impulse control
      12. Meeting of minds -- social neuroscience
      13. Journal: Call for papers -- The Visible Curriculum
      14. Journal: Consciousness & Cognition
      15. Journal: New issue: Journal of Consciousness Studies

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      1. SCR Feature: Art and the Conscious Brain
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      What makes us see something as beautiful, as ugly or as netral? Here,
      Martin Skov reviews Robert Solso's "The Psychology of Art and the
      Evolution of the Conscious Brain". To understand the nature of art you
      also have to understand the cognitive processes responsible for
      turning the perceptual properties of any art object into a mental
      representation.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=282
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      2. Ramachandran interview
      Sashi Kumar
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      Sashi Kumar has a conversation with Professor V.S. Ramachandran,
      world-renowned explorer of the human brain, on neuroscience,
      philosophy, consciousness and beyond.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=279
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      3. Is language changing your personality?
      Ramírez-Esparza et al.
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      Can language alter your personality? In this study by Ramírez-Esparza
      et al. results suggest that switching between language in Spanish and
      English bilinguals also changes personality traits.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=278
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      4. Greater control in Tourette's
      Jackson et al.
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      New evidence suggests that young people with Tourette's syndrome
      actually exhibit a greater level of cognitive control over their
      movements than their non-affected peers do.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=277
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      5. Inhibiting the executive brain
      Chambers et al.
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      A new study using Transcranial magnetic stimulation now identifies
      sub-components in executive functioning and their neural substrates.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=276
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      6. Thalamic lesions and consciousness
      Edelstyn, Hunter & Ellis
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      What happens following injury to the thalamus? In this case study
      Edelstyn, Hunter & Ellis demonstrate a patient with dorsolateral
      thalamic damage with specific deficits in conscious processing.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=275
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      7. Right hemisphere lesions and attention
      Habekost & Rostrup
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      What is the nature of attention deficits following right side lesions?
      A common syndrome is the unilateral neglect phenomenon. However, even
      if patients do not meet the criteria for such a disorder, right
      hemispheric lesions produce significant attentional changes. In this
      article, Habekost and Rostrup analyze this effect using a recently
      re-published theory of visual attention.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=274
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      8. Self-space in the brain
      Graziano & Cooke
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      One building block of our sense of self is thought to be a body
      experience -- a physical boundary that separates oneself from the
      environment. In a study published in Neuropsychologia Graziano & Cooke
      focus on two specific parts of the brain called the ventral
      intraparietal area and an area in the precentral gyrus. These areas,
      they suggest is relevant for "the construction of a margin of safety
      around the body and the selection and coordination of defensive
      behavior".

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=273
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      9. Evolution and autism
      Blackwell
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      In an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of
      Evolutionary Biology, Dr Christopher Badcock and Professor Bernard
      Crespi explore the 'imprinted brain hypothesis' to explain the cause
      and effect of autism and autistic syndromes such as Asperger's
      syndrome, highlighted by the book 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in
      the Night-Time,' which involves selective disruption of social
      behaviour that makes individuals more self-focussed whilst enhancing
      skills related to mechanistic cognition.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=272
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      10. Knowing where your limbs are
      ScienceDirect
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      A new experiment has shed more light on the multi-decade debate about
      how the brain knows where limbs are without looking at them.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=271
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      11. Aggression gene and impulse control
      ScienceDaily / NIH
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      A version of a gene previously linked to impulsive violence appears to
      weaken brain circuits that regulate impulses, emotional memory and
      thinking in humans, researchers at the National Institutes of Health's
      (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found. Brain
      scans revealed that people with this version -- especially males --
      tended to have relatively smaller emotion-related brain structures, a
      hyperactive alarm center and under-active impulse control circuitry.
      The study identifies neural mechanisms by which this gene likely
      contributes to risk for violent and impulsive behavior through effects
      on the developing brain.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=270
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      12. Meeting of minds -- social neuroscience
      Amodio & Frith
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      The neural mechanisms in social cognition are yet to be understood. In
      this article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience David Amodio and Chris
      Frith propose a model of medial frontal cortical function in social
      cognition.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=268
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      13. Journal: Call for papers -- The Visible Curriculum
      Visual Studies
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      There is now a call for submissions in the journal Visual Studies on a
      special issue called "The Visible Curriculum".

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=269
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      14. Journal: Consciousness & Cognition
      ScienceDirect
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      A new issue from Consciousness & Cognition is out. Articles include on
      the use of phenomenology in experiments, task-unrelated images and
      thoughts, and mindreading.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=267
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      15. Journal: New issue: Journal of Consciousness Studies
      Keith Sutherland
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      A new issue of JCS is out; a special issue on epiphenomenalism. Other
      articles include book reviews and a conference report.

      http://sci-con.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=266
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